History of Willamette Valley

Two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards are located in the Willamette Valley, the oldest wine region in Oregon, which is also home to more than 700 wineries. It is regarded as one of the world’s top wine-growing regions, bordered by the Coast Range to the west and the Cascades to the east. With a length of 150 miles, it provides every tourist with a unique wine experience.

  • 1800 Vines arrived in the Willamette Valley

    In the mid-nineteenth century, vines arrived in the Willamette Valley, but they were not the acclaimed French pinot grapes for which the Valley is now famous; instead, they were table grapes farmed for consumption.
  • Year-1965 Willamette Valley Ava First Grapes

    David Lett, Dick Erath and Charles Coury, three UC Davis students separately moved to North Willamette Valley and established the first vineyards in the region. The trio proved wrong their college peers who had
  • 1966 David and Dianna Lett First vineyards in Willamette Valley

    David Lett and his wife Diana planted 13 acres of vines in the Eyrie Vineyard, a former prune orchard in the Dundee Hills. David Lett was in San Francisco awaiting the start of dental

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